RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Ringwood’s beer brewed under licence in USA by Shipyard.

“A Beast of a Beer”

Old Thumper Extra Special Ale was created by veteran British brewer, Peter Austin, founder of Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England and mentor to Shipyard’s master brewer is a non-traditional English bitter, brewed in the US solely by Shipyard.

First Brewed: June 1992
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Challenger, Progress, Goldings
Color: Light Copper
IBUs: 35
OG: 1.060

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jcartamdg (3539) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pours an amber gold with a thick offwhite head. Aroma of banana esters, caramel malt and spicy yeast. Taste follows, bananas and funky yeast. I wouldn’t drink this again.

alobar (3970) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Clear copper pour with sweet malt aroma. Toffee and biscuit flavor with fruit. Decent beer.

coreyc1221 (319) - Truckee, California, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Light sweet hop aroma.darker golden in color with short lived of white head. Pretty flat malt taste with light hoops. Bitter after taste. Good consistency. Not that great overall.

ttoadee (1665) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Copper pour, beige head. Nose is roasted malt Bitter. Middle is malty and woody. Finish is pine bitter. Seems like it needed something a little more, but I do not know where. Still, pretty good.

bytemesis (9524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Tap. Pours clear pale amber, medium creamy of white head, long lasting, great lacing. Aroma is honey and biscuit, grass, floral notes, orange. Flavor follows, a bit sweet, lightly bitter, floral and citrus, touch of banana. Medium body, creamy.

UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from trader joe’s. Pours ruby Amber, small off white head. Light cherry, plum, generally sweet. Finish is flowery hops. Medium body that feels syrupy.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - OCT 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-18-14- Poured from bottle into a ping glass Appearance – The beer pours deep amber, nearly copper color, with a billowy tan colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel and toffee smell mixed with some lightly toasted bready and malty smells. Along with these aromas are some others of an earthy and grainy nature. Rounding out the aroma profile is a little bit of oak which leads to a nice sweet and malty aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet and bready flavor with tons of toffee and caramel and a somewhat doughy taste. The doughiness transitions more to a roasted bready flavor as the flavors advance with the sweeter tastes gaining even more butteriness with much of the caramel taking on a more toffee like flavor. Some lightly burnt flavors as well as a bit of a nutty taste come to the tongue more toward the end. These are accompanied by some herbal and earthy hop flavors, which combined with the rest, as well as a little bit of an apple and stone fruit flavor, to leave a somewhat sweet and lightly roasted and hopped, but rather strong malty flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thick and creamy for a brew of only 5.6 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are great for the big, sweet, and malty flavors of the brew creating a very mouth coating feel. Overall – Quite sweet and robust in flavor for only 5.6 % abv. A rather enjoyable ESB.

slowrunner77 (13231) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"fairly standard entry into the esb catergory. sale at scolari’s for a $1 single. had with dinner. grainy malts and a touch of bittering hops, that’s about it.

bkurtz (1151) - LITHUANIA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours a clear copper with a typical head. Aroma of wet bread and pine. Taste is sweet malts and some bitterness like an English ESB. Nicely crafted, but not my favorite style.

thegreenrooster (4633) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Pour is a clear copper with a average white head. Aroma is a toffee/caramel malt combo. Flavor is a decent earthy malt with lots of caramel notes and leaves a nice toasted malt on the tongue. There was an odd fruit after the swallow but it did not hurt the beer any, it was just odd and out of no where. A decent to solid ESB.

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